SEA DOG THEATER
'THE RARE BIOSPHERE'
BY CHRIS CRAGIN-DAY
when: April 25th - May 19th
61 Gramercy Park North, NYC
Sophie, a bright Honduran-American teenager, comes home from high school to find that her parents have been deported. She immediately goes into bunker-down survival mode, trying to care for her younger siblings without raising suspicion and considering her next move. Her plan is complicated by a well-meaning high school friend who, in a series of attempts to ask her out, discovers her secret.
CHRIS CRAGIN-DAY (Playwright) is an alumna of The Public’s EWG (The River Nun, 2009 Spotlight Series) and O’Neill NMTC (Son of a Gun, co-writer Don and Lori Chaffer). Her play, Martin Luther on Trial, developed with Max McLean, had an Off-Broadway run in 2017, a National Tour in 2017 and is currently on its second national tour. Her play, A Woman, was part of 59E59th’s Summer Shorts 2017 and just received a reading of the full-length version at The Sheen Center. Her play, Foster Mom, won Premiere Stage’s New Play Award and received a production there September 2017. Her musical, The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby, (co-written with Don Chaffer), played in the 2016 NYC Fringe, had a mid-west tour by River and Rail Theater in 2017, and has another tour in the works for 2018. Her play, The Rare Biosphere, was part of Luna Stage’s 2017 New Moon Series. Her play, Tornado, was part of Luna Stage’s 2018 Lab Series. Chris is an Associate Professor of English and Theater at The King's College NYC. www.chriscragin-day.com
CHRISTOPHER DOMIG (Director) is an actor and Artistic Director of Sea Dog Theater in New York City. Recent acting credits include: The Waste Land: A Performance/Installation at FringeNYC, English World Premiere of Dirt in New York (59E59, 4th Street Theater), Edinburgh (Gilded Balloon), Vancouver (Pacific Theatre), Berlin (ETB), and London (Arcola Theatre). Recent TV: Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Black List, Law & Order: SVU and Blindspot. BFA: Wheaton College, MFA: Southern Methodist University. www.christopherdomig.com
JANELLE GARCIA DOMIG (Producer) is a Mexican-American theater producer and co-founder of Sea Dog Theater. Last year, she produced “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” by John Patrick Shanley which received Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Director at the NY Innovative Theater Awards, along with five other nominations for Sound Design, Set Design, Lighting Design, Best Actress and Best Actor. She produced the World Premieres of “Dirt” by Robert Schneider, an award-winning play about an illegal Iraqi immigrant struggling to eke out an existence in the Western World (NYC: Winner Best Actor NY Fringe Festival, London, Berlin and Vancouver), and “The Waste Land: A Performance/Installation” based on a poem by T.S. Eliot at the New York Fringe Festival in 2016. She previously worked at Apartment Therapy Media in Operations and at Rabbit Bandini Productions as Assistant to the Producers, where she coordinated festival runs for the films of director James Franco at the Berlinale, Cannes, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festivals. Janelle was born in raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and studied Film at Baylor University. While a student she interned at the New York Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting and Focus Features. She is a member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.
NATALIA PLAZA (Sophie) Off Broadway: Othello (Emilia), Dorothy in Oz (Miss Gates). Off Off Broadway: Detained, The School for Husbands, Uncommon Women and Others, Hotel Paradiso. Film:Execution, "Before the Court", ACTION!!! and Psycho Chicks Anonymous. Natalia won 3rd place in the NBC/Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Diversity Scholarship Showcase in 2015 and is a proud graduate of the William Esper Studio where she trained under Suzanne Esper. Natalia is beyond thrilled to be originating the role of Sophie Cabrerra and gives her deepest thanks to Chris, Chris and Sea Dog Theater. Follow Natalia on Instagram @nataliaiplaza www.nataliaplaza.com
ZAC OWENS (Steven) is a recent college graduate from The King’s College. There he was John Merrick in The Elephant Man, John Proctor in The Crucible, The Nasty Interesting Man/Child, Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice and was Artistic Director for their 2017/2018 season. He has also played Benjamin, Micah and Naphtali in Theater 315’s production of The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby by Chris Cragin Day, and got his play A Time Traveler’s Conversations with His Shrink produced at Shetler Studios with the help of Firebone Theater, Chris Cragin Day and the brilliant director Bryan Hunt. He is thrilled to be a part of this production and as a world traveler himself knows how important it is to discuss the flaws and issues with immigration firsthand.
GUY DE LANCEY (Scenic Design) is an award-winning producer, editor, cinematographer, photographer, light and set designer as well as an actor. At the heart of all his pursuits, which span a variety of roles in theatre, film and TV, is the art of storytelling. Earlier this year, he was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for Best Supporting Actor and Best Lighting Design (together with Luke Ellenbogen) for his involvement in Louis Viljoen‘s The Pervert Laura. He studied at Rhodes University, New York University and Benetton’s Fabrica Arts and Communication Research Centre and his recent directing, acting and design credits include; Shakespeare’s King Lear (This time it Hurts), Urban Death, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Highway Crossing, As You Like It, Glengary Glen Ross and Through the Looking Glass. Guy is often vocal about the inequalities present in the South African theatre industry and doesn’t shy away from expressing scepticism when it comes to artistic accolades or the nature of creative institutions.
HARRISON CORTHELL (Stage Manager) is grateful to be joining Sea Dog Theater for the first time. Select regional credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Spring Awakening, The Skin of Our Teeth, Amahl and the Night Visitors, A Christmas Carol: The Opera, Cowgirls, Ion, Herakles, Titus Andronicus, and Art. Harrison is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University. He moonlights as a National Park Ranger at Statue of Liberty National Monument. www.harrycorthell.com
EMILY WHITE (Costume Design) is a New York based freelance costume designer. Originally from Northern Minnesota, she values work that is collaborative and innovative. Recent projects include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea with Sea Dog Theater, Conform, a new play in development at Muhlenberg College, and Cereals, a collection of children’s plays at the Flea Theater. Other work includes The Blueprint, by Idris Goodwin, and Male Continence, a movement based found text piece in HERE Arts Sublet Series. Formerly based in San Francisco, she designed the American premiere of Samuel Gallet’s Communiqué n° 10 at the Cutting Ball Theater, as well as work for The Breadbox Theater Co and Z Space. She has an M.F.A. in theater design from NYU.
TYE HUNT FITZGERALD (Sound Design)
JENNIFER HIBBS (Artistic Associate) is indigenous to Portland, Maine. She traded in her accent for a B.F.A. in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. She spent many years in the improv and sketch comedy world and continued her acting studies at Michael Howard Studios. For the last few years, she has studied photography and painting. Last spring you may have seen her in Sea Dog Theater's reading of Middletown. She is so excited and so grateful to be joining the core team at Sea Dog Theater as their artistic "Gal Friday" and to be the assistant director and stage manager of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
WHITNEY BAHR (Audience Development) is a graduate from the University of Florida where she studied Family, Youth, and Community Science and Theater. She is a trained vocalist, writer, and actor, her writing including music pieces, lyrics, and stage productions. She has performed across the nation, including Disney and Carnegie Hall, always entering into her work with a desire to deeply understand people and connect them to the most beautiful parts of life. Whitney has worked in several nonprofits, specializing in donor communications, event coordinating, and publicity. She was the Founder and Director of Art in Motion Theater Camp in Florida and the Director of the Man Up, Speak Up Camp with The Women’s Center - where she worked to co-create several Public Service Announcements that premiered on MTV, city billboards, and YouTube. Whitney’s passion is to use the arts as a way of uncovering truth, both the beautiful and the brutal.
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